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botanical name:
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva'
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Elderberry, Black Elder
synonyms:  Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'
family:  Adoxaceae
characteristics: tree, scented/aromatic
height: 3.00m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: maroon
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: brown
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -29°C
USDA zone: 5 to 8
Deciduous shrub with very finely divided, filigree foliage of deep burgundy-black leaves. Creamy pink flowers in spring, followed by dark red-black berries in late summer.

Moist well drained soil in sun or part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions and easy to grow.
Prune back hard in early spring.

Softwood or hardwood cuttings, in spring or late autumn.

Good garden plant, easily trained and can be used for similar effect as Japanese Maples, but more tolerant of adverse conditions.

other notes:
Bred by the Horticultural Development Council and Horticulture Research International, East Malling, UK, introduced 2003.
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